Offshore wind energy

13 October 2020 - 25 May 2021

Catch the wave of offshore wind & acquire a broad knowledge from a technological and multidisciplinary perspective.

Offshore wind energy has developed rapidly in Belgium & Europe. The industrial scaling is a fact and the production cost is evolving to a cost-competitive source in our energy mix. Belgium is currently the 4th country worldwide in terms of installed capacity, and the best is yet to come.

This course was conceived to offer thorough expertise and operational knowledge of all phases of offshore wind energy. Course attendees will acquire a broad and up-to-date knowledge regarding technology, financing, safety, security, ecology & boundary conditions of offshore wind farms over the entire lifespan.

The course is divided into 5 modules: after a qualitative description in the first module, module 2 provides a technological basis in the offshore wind packages. Module 3 builds further on this module and provides an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of offshore wind energy. The fourth module covers non-technological topics such as financing, environmental impact and mitigation and legal framework. The last module combines a prospection beyond the horizon (into current and future innovation in offshore wind) and industry cases.

After completion, course participants will have a broad offshore knowledge, both from an international perspective as from the viewpoint of the strengths of the Belgian offshore wind industry and academia.

In collaboration with OWI-Lab & with the financial support of

This course is targeted towards people working in (or with the ambition to be working in) or researching the offshore wind, power or maritime sector. A bachelor level (or equivalent through minimal 2 year relevant working experience) is obligatory.

A master level in science, engineering, economics or law is recommended (or equivalent through minimal 2 year relevant working experience) and obligatory for module 3.

To receive a certificate, one should attend at least modules 2-3-4-5 (physical attendance is strongly advised) and succeed for the final exam.

Participants attending 1 or more modules can obtain a certificate of attendance.

Scientific Coordination

  • Prof. Lieven Vandevelde, Department of Electromechanical, Systems and Metal Engineering, Ghent University.

Industrial Coordination

  • Pieter Mathys, UGent - EnerGhentIC - OWI-Lab


Module 1

  • Ralf Bauer (Parkwind)
  • Christophe De Busscher (Omcon)
  • Wendy Goossens (Otary)
  • Carl Heiremans (Jan De Nul)
  • Olivia Lambrecht (Otary)
  • Pieter Mathys (UGent - EnerGhentIC - OWI-Lab)
  • Nordine Saidi Mazarou (IMDC)
  • Nathalie Oosterlinck (DEME)
  • Dieter Rabaut (DEME)
  • Abbas Tavallali (Tractebel)
  • Raoul van Lambalgen (Otary)
  • Kristof van Loon (DEME Concessions)
  • Margot Van Nuffel (Otary)
  • Lieven Vandevelde (UGent)

Module 2

  • Ramon Acevedo (Tractebel)
  • Ruben Baert (GeoXYZ)
  • Luca Barbetti (Witteveen & Bos)
  • Frederik De Belie (UGent)
  • Joris Degroote (UGent)
  • Christof Devriendt (VUB - OWI-Lab)
  • Ronny Dewaele (e-BO Enterprises)
  • Yannick Huygebaert (Parkwind)
  • Tim Mannaerts (Parkwind)
  • Faustino Manso (Witteveen & Bos)
  • Lieselot Noppe (GeoXYZ)
  • Marc Steensels (Otary)
  • Guy Van Heurck (Tractebel)
  • Lieven Vandevelde (UGent)
  • Dirk Van Hertem (KULeuven)
  • Wim Van Paepegem (UGent)

Module 3

  • Joao Brazao (JDN)
  • Jan Declercq - Slimenergy
  • Jan Desmet (UGent)
  • Christof Devriendt (VUB - OWI-Lab)
  • Dieter Fauconnier (UGent)
  • Eric Finé (Smulders)
  • Piet Haerens (Haedes)
  • Jan Helsen (VUB - OWI-Lab)
  • Pieter Jan Jordaens (Sirris)
  • Michael Kleeman (Kuleuven)
  • Maximilian Streichner (UGent)
  • Bruno Stuyts (UGent)
  • Peter Troch (UGent)
  • Cedric Van den Haute (Parkwind)
  • Guy Van Heurck (Tractebel)
  • Jef Van Valckenborg (Parkwind)
  • Pieter-Jan Jordaens (Sirris - OWI-Lab)
  • Wim Van Paepegem (UGent)
  • Other speakers to be confirmed soon

Module 4

  • Ozlem Ceyhan Yilmaz (Sirris)
  • Thomas Chellingswort (Loyens & Loeff)
  • Rudi Colin (Engie)
  • Janna De Knopper (Parkwind) 
  • Rob De Roo (VIVES - VLOC)
  • Kristof De Vos (Elia)
  • Steven Degraer (KBIN)
  • Bert Derudder (KBC)
  • Pascal Geerick (Engie)
  • Angelo Goethals (Ghent University)
  • Frank Maes (Ghent University)
  • Mieke Mathys (IMDC)
  • Ivan Pineda (WindEurope)
  • Piet Termonia (KMI-UGent)
  • Peter Van Cauwenberghe (Rely On Nutec)
  • François Vallée (Umons)
  • Frederik Vandendriessche (Ghent University)
  • Jochem Vermeir (Engie Tractebel)
  • Annemie Vermeylen (BOP)
  • Marc Vermylen (Loysens en Loeff)

Module 5

  • Dirk Dewettinck (Parkwind)
  • Pieter Jan Jordaens (Sirris - OWI-Lab)
  • Pieter Mathys (UGent)
  • Kevin Lammertyn (Otary)
  • Jef Monballieu (Jan De Nul)
  • Tyson Beilan (DEME)
  • Tine Boon (Engie Tractebel)
  • Christophe Dhaene (e-BO Enterprises)
  • Sonja Goris (ZF Wind Power)
  • An Stroobandt (Kabinet T. Van der Straeten)
  • Evert Lataire (Ghent University)
  • Tom De Vleeschauwer (Ministerie van Defensie)
  • Thierry Aelens (Norther)


This module provides the terminology, phases and processes of offshore wind energy, and allows the students to get acquainted with the correct terminology. After the qualitative description of the components, the project life cycle (from tendering to decommissioning) is outlined. The procedures and terminology in offshore wind installation are described. Lastly, the in-service terminology (during the Operations & Maintenance) is provided.

Concepts introduced in module 1 will be used in the other modules.

Date: 13, 20 and 27 October 2020

This module describes the typical offshore wind packages: wind turbine generators, balance of plant, infield and export cables, offshore substation, offshore works and installation. The working principles of the components and basic design are described under normal or static operating conditions.
To finalize this module, monitoring strategies (SCADA & CMS) for offshore wind are presented.

Date: 10, 17, 24 and 26 November, 1, 8 and 15 December 2020

This technological module builds further on the concepts of module 2, taking into account environmental or load mechanisms that induce wear, tear and errors in a dynamic working regime. Extreme events are considered, just as long-term effects such as fatigue, tribology, corrosion, cable errors and impact on the grid side. The relation with the monitoring strategies and solutions is made, both from a design as well as from an O&M perspective.

To conclude this module, the links between these operational insights, testing and validation and lessons for future designs and O&M are made.

Module 3 is only accessible if module 2 has also been followed or if the student can demonstrate that he/she has sufficient foreknowledge (from education or work experience).

Date: 5, 12, 19 and 26 January , 2 and 9 February 2021

The project development requires a wide range of activities preceding the installation, such as project financing, tendering and consenting, environmental impact assessment and mitigation strategies, etc.

Furthermore offshore wind energy is developed in a context of international and federal marine spatial planning, energy law (like the grid code) and the wholesale market mechanisms.

The impact of meteorological predictions for offshore wind is outlined as well.

Date: 23 February, 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 March, 20 and 27 April 2021

This modules looks beyond the horizon of offshore wind, including technological solutions on the component level, industrial scaling and sector coupling. This module is concluded with industrial cases.

Module 5 can only be followed if modules 3 and 4 have also been followed.

Data: 4, 11, 18 and 25 May 2021

Practical information

The fee includes the tuition fee, course notes, soft drinks, coffee and sandwiches.
Payment occurs after reception of the invoice.
All invoices are due in thirty days. All fees are exempt from VAT.

Module 1
Basic concepts

€ 990

Module 2
Offshore wind packages

€ 1.095

Module 3
Offshore wind dynamics*

€ 1.780

Module 4
Safety, energy markets, policy, maritime law

€ 1.250

Module 5
Innovation and industrial cases**

€ 660

Modules 2-3-4

€ 3.515

Modules 2-3-4-5

€ 3.835

All modules

€ 4.335

* Module 3 is only accessible if module 2 has also been followed or if the student can demonstrate that he/she has sufficient foreknowledge (from education or work experience).
**Module 5 can only be followed if modules 3 and 4 have also been followed.


  • When a participant of a company subscribes for the complete course, a reduction of 20% is given to all additional subscriptions from the same company, even on single modules. In that case only one invoice is issued per company
  • Special prices for doctoral students and Ghent University staff. For further information, please send us an email.
Reductions can't be combined.

Cancellation policy

When cancelling up to 7 days before the start of the course 25% of the participation fee will be charged.
When cancelling less than 7 days before the start of the course, the full fee is due.

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I subscribe to the course "Offshore wind energy":

Module 1: Basic concepts
Module 2: Offshore wind packages
Module 3: Offshore wind dynamics*
Module 4: Safety, energy markets, policy, maritime law
Module 5: Innovation and industrial cases**

Modules 2, 3 & 4
Modules 2, 3, 4 & 5
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* Module 3 is only accessible if module 2 has also been followed or if the student can demonstrate that he/she has sufficient foreknowledge (from education or work experience).
** Module 5 can only be followed if modules 3 and 4 have also been followed.


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  • The lessons of modules 1 and 3 are given from 14h till 21h, with a sandwich break and two coffee breaks.
  • The lessons of modules 2, 4 and 5 are given from 17h30 till 21h, with a sandwich break in the middle.
  • All lessons are given on a Tuesday, except for the lesson of 26 November, which is scheduled on a Thursday.
  • Location: BlueBridge, Ostend Science Park, Wetenschapspark 1, 8400 Oostende.
  • Dates may change due to unforeseen reasons.


English is used in all presentations, exercises and documentation. p>


This course will be video captured. Course participants will have full access to the recorded sessions.
Physical attendance however is strongly advised.


Universiteit Gent
UGent Academie voor Ingenieurs
Els Van Lierde
Technologiepark 60
9052 Zwijnaarde
Tel.: +32 9 264 55 82
fax: +32 9 264 56 05

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